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Victor Deupi Tapped as CINTAS President

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Victor Deupi

Victor Deupi

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 3, 2017)—Victor Deupi, a Cuban-American teacher of architectural history and theory, design and representation at the School of Architecture, has been elected president of the CINTAS Foundation, which promotes the professional development of Cuban architects, writers, musicians, and visual artists.

“Mr. Deupi brings a new perspective with his distinct background while maintaining an emphatic commitment to each of the four disciplines supported by the foundation,” the organization said in announcing its fifth president.

Deupi, who received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in architecture from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, previously taught at Fairfield University, the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, and the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture in London. He also has been a “Visiting Critic” at the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech.

The principal focus of his research is on the art and architecture of the early modern Ibero-American world, and mid-20th-century Cuba. His book, Architectural Temperance: Spain and Rome, 1700-1759, was published by Routledge in 2015, and he is currently curating exhibitions on Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation at the Coral Gables Museum, and Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections at the Lowe Art Museum.

He is also editing a book on Transformations in Classical Architecture: New Directions in Research and Practice that is being published by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2017.

The CINTAS Foundation, established in 1963 with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, has awarded more than 300 fellowships and grants to Cuban artists achieving national and international renown. Several UM faculty members, including Jorge Hernandez, Jose Gelabert-Navia, Tomas Lopez-Gottardi, and Andres Duany, have been among the recipients.

In 2011, the foundation entered into an extended loan with Miami-Dade College’s MDC Museum of Art and Design of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships. The museum is housed at the landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.

 

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New Title IX Coordinator Joins University

Bonnie M. Muschett

Bonnie M. Muschett

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 3, 2017)—Bonnie M. Muschett, an attorney and certified compliance and ethics professional, has joined University Compliance Services (UCS) as director of compliance and Title IX coordinator.

Muschett comes to the University of Miami from the University of Maryland-Baltimore where she had served as director of compliance and engagement and university Title IX coordinator since 2014.

Prior to her promotion to Title IX Coordinator at the University of Maryland, she worked in the compliance office where she conducted investigations and developed and delivered compliance training, among other duties. She is currently developing greater expertise in adult education and training as she pursues a graduate certificate in Instructional Systems Development. In addition to her responsibilities as Title IX coordinator, Muschett will lead the coordination of UM’s Clery Act compliance program and oversee a program for the protection of minors on University campuses.

Muschett will serve as the University of Miami’s central resource on all issues related to Title IX compliance and will work closely with deputy Title IX coordinators across all University campuses to help educate, train, and support community members. In this capacity, she will lead efforts to ensure that the University has effective programs and processes in place for students, faculty, and staff who are affected by sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence, and implement policies and practices that are prompt, equitable, and in compliance with applicable law and regulations, including Title IX.

Muschett also will work closely with the UM Police Department to coordinate compliance with the Clery Act as it has been amended by the Violence against Women’s Act (VAWA) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. In her oversight role to protect minors on campus, Muschett will coordinate the review of campus activities that may involve minors and will lead efforts to develop policies and procedures that maximize their safety and minimize their risk of harm on University campuses.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Muschett earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. As Rudolph Green, vice president and chief compliance officer, noted, her experience as an attorney, university compliance officer, and Title IX coordinator make her a wonderful addition to the University’s compliance services team. As a member of the UCS staff, she will report to Green.

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Assistant Professor Awarded Library of Congress Fellowship

By Deserae del Campo
Special to UM News

catherine-newellCatherine Newell, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Religious Studies, was recently awarded the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

“Catherine’s fellowship is a testament to the relevance of interdisciplinary studies, and to the importance of her field of research for our students, our larger community, and our continued understanding of the complexity of our path to staying healthy or coping with illness,” said Maria Stampino, senior associate dean for academic affairs. “The college is proud that Catherine will represent us in our nation’s capital, in one of the foremost research centers.”

Starting in May 2017, Newell will have access to a rich collection of historical and current documents at the Library of Congress to research a project she has titled “Food Faiths: Health, Wellness, and the Science of Spiritual Eating.”

In her fellowship proposal, Newell’s explains how her research explores the way individuals “internalize scientific knowledge regarding health and diet, which they incorporate into their lives as a basis for personal spiritual practice.” Her research also explores the world of spiritual eating in which science is used to justify a diet and/or lifestyle by people who identify themselves not by a religion but by their diet—i.e., vegan, gluten-free.

“It’s an honor to receive this fellowship,” said Newell. “At the Library of Congress, I’ll have access to archival material, from historical letters to contemporary documentation, to help me conduct in-depth research for my book that I hope will contribute to the study of spirituality and health in modern times.”

During her seven month as a resident scholar at the Library of Congress, Newell will make a public presentation about her research and collaborate with other scholars conducting research at the library. The David B. Larson Fellowship endorses academic research on the relation of religion and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health.

 

 

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Aida Levitan Elected Chair of Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection

Aida Levitan

Aida Levitan

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 2, 2016) – Aida T. Levitan, a nationally recognized marketing communications leader and philanthropist, has been elected chair of the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at the University of Miami Libraries. She is the first woman to take on the role since Elena Díaz-Versón Amos served as the organization’s founding co-chair from 1995 to 2000. During her two-year appointment as chair, Levitan, a UM alumna, will work to generate awareness of the CHC and its archival resources while collaborating with UM Libraries leadership and UM Advancement in fundraising efforts to develop programs related to the CHC’s mission.

The Amigos is a volunteer group founded in support of the CHC’s efforts to document and preserve the history of Cuba and the Cuban diaspora. In addition to Díaz-Versón Amos, former Amigos chairs include Aldo Leiva, Horacio Stuart Aguirre, Carlos P. Quintela, Ignacio Carrera-Jústiz, José F. Valdivia, Jr., and Henry King Stanford.

Levitan led the No. 1. U.S. Hispanic advertising and public relations agency and is now the president of ArtesMiami, Inc., dedicated to supporting and promoting Hispanic artists and cultural organizations. She is also president of The Levitan Group, Inc., a consulting firm that provides strategic branding services to international and local companies.

A recipient of numerous national and local awards, Levitan is vice chair of the Smithsonian Latino Center and serves on the boards of U.S. Century Bank and the Spanish Cultural Center. She is trustee emerita of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Professor Named President-Elect of International TESOL

Luciana de Oliveira will become the first Latina to head the 51-year-old Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association

By Bárbara Gutiérrez
UM News

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Luciana de Oliviera

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 21, 2016)—University of Miami Associate Professor Luciana C. de Oliveira, who chairs the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development, is president-elect of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Association, an organization committed to advancing the quality of English-language teaching worldwide. Her three-year leadership term begins in March 2017, and includes a year as president and a year as past president.

Born in Brazil, de Oliveira will be the first Latina to serve as president of the 51-year-old association, which has as its main goal advancing the language teaching profession through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.

“I’m so happy and humbled,” said de Oliveira. “This is pretty historic for TESOL since I am not only the first Latina who will become president, but also the youngest woman and the first South American. It’s just amazing to have this recognition from the members. I look forward to serving TESOL and its members in this new role.”

She joined TESOL in 2003 and served in various positions, most recently as a member of the board of directors for the past three years. As an immigrant who came to the United States in 1997, de Oliveira appreciates TESOL’s recognition of her as a Latina leader and hopes the organization will continue to focus on immigrant populations in the U.S. and support its members worldwide.

Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, called de Oliveira’s election “a tremendous honor.”

“We are extremely proud of her work and of the international recognition of her scholarship. Her work is having a global impact and the TESOL results demonstrate her international standing in her field,” said Prilleltensky. “Her work touches on many of our University initiatives, such as educational innovation, culture of belonging, and hemispheric reach. Her presidency will enhance the visibility of the School of Education and Human Development and our work in the promotion of educational, psychological, and physical well-being in multicultural communities.”

De Oliveira joined the UM faculty in 2015 after teaching at Columbia and Purdue universities. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English-language learners at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas, teacher education, advocacy and social justice, and non-native English-speaking teachers in TESOL.

She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 17 books, with several others under contract, and has a total of over 200 publications, including refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL. Her many awards and honors include being the 2012 recipient of the Early Career Award by the Bilingual Education Research special interest group of AERA.

For more information about the TESOL International Organization visit www.tesol.org.

 

 

 

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